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Coldwater baseball team is swept, softball splits with Harper Creek in SMAC action Tuesday

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Tuesday was a busy day with all the Branch County baseball and softball teams in action. In baseball, Coldwater dropped a SMAC East doubleheader at Harper Creek 3-2 and 10-6. In the eight-inning opener, the Cardinals led 2-0 after five innings thanks to a 2-run homer by Brandon Lewis in the fifth but the Beavers added single runs over the next three innings for the victory. Randall Linton took the loss in relief of Grant Maurer, who allowed just one hit and one unearned run over 5-and-two thirds innings with 7 strikeouts. In the nightcap, Coldwater got up early 3-0 after one inning but Harper Creek scored 7 runs in the bottom of the second to take control of the contest. Jordan Butler started and suffered the defeat for the Cardinals. Brady Duke homered and doubled for Coldwater while Ryan Mock had 3 hits and 3 rbi’s. The Cardinals slip to 3-and-7 in the conference and 14-9 overall.

In a Big Eight Branch County matchup at Quincy, it was a split between the Orioles and Union City with Quincy taking the opener 8-2 while the Chargers won the nightcap 12-2. In the first game, Tyler Powell went the distance for the Orioles with a 7-hitter. Hunter Johns took the loss. Bryce McCavit and Jake Jodway had 2-hits apiece for Quincy with 3 rbi’s for McCavit. Darren Austin had 2 hits for Union City. In the six-inning second game, the Chargers outhit Quincy 12-3 giving Seth Bruce plenty of run support as he went the distance for the victory. Austin had two hits including a double and two rbi’s. Kenyon Stuchell had two hits and 3 rbi’s. Also with 2 hits apiece were Daylon Ulrich, Nolan Loss and Chase Harvey with 2 rbi’s for Ulrich and one for Harvey. The split leaves Quincy with a record of 11-8 while Union City is 8-10 and 5-3 in conference play.

 Bronson swept a baseball doubleheader at home over Centreville 1-0 and 5-2. Ryan Hagen tossed a 4-hit shutout in the opener with six strikeouts and one walk. Hagen also had a pair of hits for the Vikings. In the nightcap, Daniel McMichael went the distance for the victory, also with a 4-hitter. Tyler Roussey had 2 hits and 2 rbi’s as Bronson improved to 12-4 and 5-1 in the St. Joe Valley Conference.

In j-v baseball, Coldwater was swept at home by Harper Creek 13-0 and 7-6.

Yesterday in softball, it was a split for Coldwater at Harper Creek. The visiting Lady Cardinals won the opener 12-5 with Jessica Becks picking up the victory for Coldwater on a 5-hitter with 6 strikeouts. Michaela Gillette had a triple and 3 singles while Morgan Howard added a home run and a double and two rbi’s. Harper Creek won the nightcap 7-6. Kattie Ness suffered the loss. Howard had two doubles while Kenzie Galloway and Payton Watson each had a double and a single. Coldwater’s record is now 12-5 and 8-2 in the conference.

Quincy and Union City split their twinbill at Quincy. The host Orioles won the opener 5-4 before the Chargers beat Quincy in the nightcap 14-5. In the second game, Brenna Johnson had 4 hits for Union City with a double and 4 rbi’s. Marissa Mead went the distance on the mound in both games for the Chargers. And Bronson took a pair at home over Centreville 3-0 and 17-2. In the opener, it was a no-hitter for Lindsey Sikorsi with one walk and 7 strikeouts. Kinslea Blouin had a double and a single and two rbi’s. In the four inning nightcap, Skyler Sobeski had a 4-hitter with 7 strikeouts. At the plate, Sobeski had a double and 2 singles while Blouin had a triple, double, and single. Liz Baker added a home run and 4 rbi’s. Bronson improves to 18-2 overall and 6-0 in conference play.  

In j-v softball, Coldwater split at home with Harper Creek. Coldwater took the opener 10-4. Sierra Wolfcale earned the victory with a 4-hitter and 9 strikeouts. Gaby Milnes had 3 singles and 3 rbi’s. Harper Creek won the nightcap 9-5. Hallie Simpson suffered the loss. Simpson and Kaitlyn Gallant each had 2 singles and an rbi. The j-v record is 17-4.

Yesterday in boys golf, Coldwater traveled to The Grande golf course outside of Jackson to play in an invitational hosted by Onsted and came away with a 5th place finish out of 22 teams. The tournament was won by Saline with a 315 while Coldwater had a team score of 336. The Cardinals were led by Nolan Duda who fired a round of 78 which put him in the top 10 tied for 7th place with four other players.  Scout Case finished in 11th place with a 79, Cam Ruge shot an 88, Nathan Waterbury had a 91 and Keagan Dwyer rounded out Coldwater's scoring with a 98.

Yesterday in boy’s track, Coldwater was a winner at home over Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 108-and-a-half to 54-and-a-half. Finishing first in their events for the Cardinals were Ryan Hadley in the 100-yard dash and the 400 meter run, Logan Targgart in the shot put and discus,  Spencer Leist in the 800 meter run, Austin Siegel in the long jump, and Josh Evers in the mile. Coldwater also won the 800 and 4-by-100 meter relays. The Cardinals boys track team has an overall record of 3-4.

Tuesday in girls tennis, Bronson lost 8-0 at Kalamazoo Christian.

On today’s high school sports schedule, in girls soccer, it’s Coldwater at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix. And in track, Bronson hosts White Pigeon while Union City is at Homer and Quincy hosts Springport. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson softball coach Becky Gray.

In middle school sports yesterday, in tennis, Coldwater split their matches at Marshall. The “A” team fell 6-2 with a singles victory for Christian Pine and a win for the doubles team of Gabby Boston and Emma Stantley.  The “B” team defeated Marshall 5-3. Singles match winners were Alec Keplinger, Hunter Jenkot, and Valy Yaldo while Kyle Krzyzanski & Stuart Sobeske took first doubles and Mikayla Daoud & Whitney Johnson won at second doubles.